Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

chain - definition and synonyms

Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] chain pronunciation in British English /tʃeɪn/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theychain
he/she/itchains
present participlechaining
past tensechained
past participlechained
  1. to use a chain to fasten something so that it cannot be stolen, or to fasten someone so that they cannot escape
    The more dangerous prisoners were kept chained.
    chain someone/something to something: Protesters had chained themselves to the railings.
    chain someone/something up: rows of chained up bikes

brinner

a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog